Extreme Makeover – Playroom Edition

I have always been a little high strung. Things need order. Children need routines. Plans need to be made. Stuff cannot be strewn about willy nilly everywhere in my world. I am not a neat freak by any means, but when I continually have to see things like this…

It freaks me out a bit.
I get sick of seeing the clutter. It makes me feel like I am 2 steps away from being shown on Hoarders. **shudder** The kids playroom was so bad it gave me hives just walking by it, let alone trying to sit down and play with my kids in the disorderly mess.

I made a decision randomly one evening walking past the room. When my parents next visit from Florida, I will take advantage of my dad’s handy skillz and organize the playroom. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but I figured there was something on Pinterest to spark my creativity!

Mom and Dad arrived on Wednesday, and the very next morning we were off to spend the afternoon searching for inspiration at Ikea. After much wandering, and a delicious lunch of swedish meatballs, we left with several bookcases in tow.

Several hours later, we had assembled the cases and realized my original idea wasn’t going to work. The playroom has a stupid bay window.

I say stupid because, originally, I wanted to frame the window with the bookcases and make a cute reading nook, but the sides were not only too narrow, but they are also two completely different widths. I had the measurements with me while shopping, but didn’t realize how much I didn’t like the look until we had the actual bookcases against the walls. Framing the window would only call more attention to the odd measurements, and plus I wanted more storage than would fit there.

On to plan B.

After a lot of rearranging and discussion, we were off to Ikea again to buy the additional cases we needed to complete the new plan.

By Sunday evening, we had this to show for all of our hard work.

We attached the bookcases to the wall for safety and there is plenty of room for more books! Yay! Baby loves to read, and it’s quickly becoming an interest of Jed’s as well. One can never have too many books, or read too much with their children. 🙂

Now our home has a bright, colorful, and organized playroom where my children can now read and play, and mom can breathe a little easier as she walks by.

What is the latest organizational makeover you have done to make your life a little more stress free?


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim @ Sand & Sisal
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 19:30:17

    Ahhh… a picked up playroom! It makes a mama’s eyes tear up! It looks great! I’ve got 4 kids so our playroom is rarely clean. Thanks for sharing


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  3. kim/reluctant renovator
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 07:56:09

    That looks fantastic! I always think we don’t do a good job of using our vertical space. I just might have to give you a shout-out on my blog. 😉

    (You did anchor these to the walls, right? I just read a blog post last week about a set of drawers tipping over on a child–who only got a scratch from the incident, thankfully.)


    • KP
      Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:26:27

      Totally anchored to the wall in multiple places, plus bracketed together, Kim. Safety first for sure! My Dad is the best handyman EVER!


  4. BusyWorkingMama
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:23:00

    There is nothing wrong with schedules, plans and order so I definitely wouldn’t call it high strung! I’m the same way, and occasionally stuff like that accumulates in my house and I go on a rampage organizing. You did a great job! I spent about an hour in my pantry the other month organizing cabinets (I have a huge pantry) and found unopened bottles of expired medicine and all sorts of junk…including a container of powdered sugar from a grocery store in Chicago that I had apparently felt was necessary to be transported across the country when I moved to Atlanta 10 years ago! Yikes. I was too embarrassed to even blog about that one!


  5. Colleen
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 21:31:49

    Wow! That is just gorgeous!


    • KP
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 08:38:21

      Thanks, Colleen! Nothing like a great result to inspire further organization! Next visit we start the master bedroom! 🙂


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  7. Ann at Mundane Magic
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:33:20

    The new shelves look fabulous Karen! I bet the kids really enjoy it more now.


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